In an unscientific poll conducted two years ago, the readers of NaturalNews.org voted for the “world’s most evil company.”
Given NaturalNews’ anti-GMO stance, the results won’t surprise you. We can only imagine the angst over at NaturalNews yesterday when the U.S. House of Representatives advanced an Agriculture Committee Bill that would ban states like Vermont from requiring companies to label GMO foods.
If approved by the Senate and signed by the President, that law would be a huge defeat for the anti-GMO movement, though it would do little to curtail consumer fear mongering by some food companies who top our “most evil” list – like Chipotle.
According to an analysis from Orbital Insight, which tracks car traffic at 50 retail and restaurant chains by analyzing satellite imagery of parking lots, Chipotle’s business is up 10% since the company announced its decision to remove GMOs from its menu in April. That’ll surely please Chipotle co-CEOs Steve Ells and Monty Moran, the highest paid fast-food CEOs, making $28 million each, according to Fast Company.
Meanwhile, Chipotle has come under fire for low-worker pay and allegations of wage theft – making employees work off the clock. Chipotle denies the allegations – evil and otherwise.
Behind The GMO Curtain
“The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer.” Those are the words of Slate.com journalist William Saletan, who begs you to “come with me, just this once. I want to take you backstage, behind the blanket assurances about the safety of genetic engineering.” Saletan spent a year investigating GMOs and admits that the issue is complicated, but, “the people who tell you that Monsanto is hiding the truth are themselves hiding evidence that their own allegations about GMOs are false. They’re counting on you to feel overwhelmed by the science and to accept, as a gut presumption, their message of distrust.” Fascinating reading.
California Drought Diet
Media outlets from Maine to Malibu have seized on California’s historic drought to push an anti-meat agenda.
As with any attempt to assign “what-if” data to “yeah, but” observations, the discussion wanders way off course.
Critics point out that agriculture uses 80% of California’s water supply, an astonishing and misleading figure, which is the same category we place New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman, who recently pointed his finger at meat as a contributor of California’s water worries. “What’s pretty clear is that we shouldn’t be raising meat in factories, the way 98 percent of our meat is being produced right now.”
Much of the reporting on California’s drought has focused on how much water various food products use, with the implication that folks should be eating water-thrifty foods. But Grist.org’s food writer Nathanael Johnson says such a consumer-focused fix would “do precisely nothing to fix the problem.” Agreed, but what do policy wonks see as a solution? Adding a “water tax” to discourage “overuse” by farmers. (Sigh.)
Yesterday was Cow Appreciation Day. Chick-fil-A celebrated by giving away free chicken sandwiches to people who dressed like a cow. But it was also a time for cattle producers and organizations to share on social media what they love about cattle.